Coming Soon from Instructional Development (9/25 – 10/13)

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On Wednesday our fall semester offering of the Blended Learning: Finding the Mix online workshop begins. In blended classes, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by internet-based online learning. During this two-week long fully online workshop, you will explore how one unit of your face-to-face course could be redesigned and delivered in a blended format.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next Friday to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with iClicker Cloud workshop on Wednesday, October 11th to learn more about this in-class engagement tool. 

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, September 27th – Tuesday, October 10th
Fully online through myCourses
Register

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Friday, October 6th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Polling with iClicker Cloud
Wednesday, October 11th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (4/10 – 4/21)

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VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us on Thursday at our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

Next Friday we are offering a workshop on an online meeting tool built into myCourses called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can use Collaborate to meet with students in a Skype-like online meeting space where you can use audio/video to talk and present documents, presentations, and show what you are doing on your computer screen. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, optional review sessions, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, April 13th
11:00am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Friday, April 21st
2pm – 3pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (3/27 – 4/7)

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Have you ever considered moving some of your face-to-face lectures and tutorials online? Come learn how it can be done at our Recording with Techsmith Relay workshop on Friday. Techsmith Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content you open on your computer. During this workshop, we will walk you through the process of installing the software, recording a presentation, and sharing that recording with students. All you will need to participate in this workshop is your laptop.

Next week on Monday morning, we are offering a “Getting Started in myCourses” workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept assignment submissions, incorporate multimedia from popular websites like YouTube, and more!

Recording with Techsmith Relay
Thursday, March 30th
1pm – 2pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Getting Started with myCourses
Monday, April 3rd
11am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (2/27 – 3/10)

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Thursday morning we are offering a workshop on an online meeting tool built into myCourses called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can use Collaborate to meet with students in a Skype-like online meeting space where you can use audio/video to talk and present documents, presentations, and show what you are doing on your computer screen. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, optional review sessions, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Next week on Tuesday morning we are offering a “Getting Started in myCourses” workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept assignment submissions, incorporate multimedia from popular websites like YouTube, and more!

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Thursday, March 2nd
11am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Getting Started with myCourses
Tuesday, March 7th
11am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (2/13 – 2/24)

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Wednesday at Noon we are offering a workshop on an online meeting tool built into myCourses called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can use Collaborate to meet with students in a Skype-like online meeting space where you can use audio/video to talk and present documents, presentations, and show what you are doing on your computer screen. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, optional review sessions, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Next Wednesday our spring offering of the Blended Learning: Finding the Mix workshop online begins. In blended classes, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by internet-based online learning. During this two-week long fully online workshop, you will explore how one unit of your face-to-face course could be redesigned and delivered in a blended format.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with on the fly multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the results can be shown immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Those student responses are also simultaneously recorded in the REEF grade book. Attend our Polling with REEF workshop next week on Friday afternoon to learn more about how you could use REEF in your classroom.

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Wednesday, February 15th
Noon – 1pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, February 22nd – Tuesday, March 7th
Fully online through myCourses

Polling with REEF
Friday, February 24th
2pm – 3pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

This Week in ID – 10/26 – 11/2

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VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us next week on Monday at our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

On Tuesday morning we are offering a Getting Started in myCourses workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept assignment submissions, incorporate multimedia from popular websites like YouTube, and more!

Our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course that starts on Wednesday, November 2nd provides an introduction to the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants will work both independently and collaboratively with peers to design and organize a unit of online learning to be built in a myCourses site. This fully-online four week course is designed to support the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

Getting Started in myCourses
Monday, October 31st
11:00am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Tuesday, November 1st
11:00am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
Wednesday, November 2nd – Tuesday, November 29th
Fully online through myCourses

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

This Week in ID – 10/6 to 10/14

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VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us at tomorrow’s Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with REEF workshop next week on Wednesday afternoon to learn more about this in-class engagement tool.

Facilitating group work as an instructor can be challenging, but the benefits of student collaboration is undeniable. We invite instructors to join us at our “Where Group Work Meets Technology” workshop next week on Thursday afternoon to discuss some strategies and technologies that can be used to aid in the facilitation of group work.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Friday, October 7th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Polling with REEF
Wednesday, October 12th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 225

Where Group Work Meets Technology
Thursday, October 13th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 128

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

This Week in ID – 9/21 to 9/28

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Hello and welcome back faculty!

The Instructional Development team is happy to share our Fall 2016 faculty workshop offerings. This semester we are offering two new workshops – Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread and the recently updated Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Our first VoiceThread workshop is this week and you can catch one of our Collaborate Ultra workshops later this semester in October or November. Keep reading below to find out what else we have on the schedule in the next several days.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us at tomorrow’s Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

Have you ever considered moving some of your face-to-face lectures online? Come learn how it can be done at next Monday’s Recording with Techsmith Relay workshop. Techsmith Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content you can open on your computer screen. During this workshop we will walk you through the process of installing the software, recording a presentation, and sharing that recording in myCourses. All you will need to participate in this workshop is your laptop.

Next Wednesday our Blended Learning: Finding the Mix online workshop begins. In blended classes a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. This fully online two-week workshop provides a comprehensive look at how a unit of face-to-face instruction could be delivered in the blended format.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, September 22nd
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Recording with Techsmith Relay
Monday, September 26th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, September 28th – Tuesday, October 11th
Online via myCourses

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

This Semester in ID

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If you were not able to make it to one of our lunch and learn sessions this semester, we have you covered! Our first session in February was on the use of rubrics as a tool for streamlining grading. This session was recorded and can be viewed here. Our second session that took place in March explored how classroom and desktop based lecture capture are being used on campus to capture in-class lectures, presentations, audio, and desktop content. The recording of this session can be accessed here.

This semester we also launched our newly redesigned website. This new site is designed as a central location where faculty can explore the technical resources and pedagogical support available from Instructional Development.

Over the summer months we will continue to offer workshops for faculty. Two offerings in particular may be of interest if you are curious about teaching online or blended courses.

Our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course in July provides an introduction to the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants will work both independently and collaboratively with peers to design and organize a unit of online learning to be built in a myCourses site. This fully-online four week course is designed to support the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

In blended courses, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. If you would like to learn about designing blended learning, we encourage you to participate in our “Blended Learning: Finding the Mix” workshop at the end of July. This two week long workshop consists of face-to-face meetings on campus and online activities completed in myCourses.

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
Wednesday, July 13th – Tuesday, August 9th
Fully online through myCourses

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, July 27th – Tuesday, August 9th
* Two face-to-face meeting dates TBD.
Online via myCourses AND two face-to-face meetings


To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
  4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.

This Week in ID – 4/20 to 4/27

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Facilitating group work as an instructor can be a challenge, but the benefits of student collaboration is undeniable. We invite instructors to join us at our “Where Group Work Meets Technology” workshop tomorrow morning to discuss some strategies and technologies that can be used to aid in the facilitation of group work.

In blended courses, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. If you would like to learn about designing blended learning, we encourage you to participate in our “Blended Learning: Finding the Mix” workshop that starts next week. This two week long workshop consists of face-to-face meetings on campus and online activities completed in myCourses.

Where Group Work Meets Technology
Thursday, April 21st
10:00am – 11:30pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 128

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
April 27th – May 4th – Online
Face-to-face meetings on 4/27 and 5/4 from 3pm-4pm
Online via myCourses AND two face-to-face meetings in LIB 240

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at http://calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
  4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.